Title: Broken Juliet
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publishing: 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: Starcrossed #2
Genre: Romance; Contemporary; New Adult
Source: Borrowed from library
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.2 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Goodreads’ Synopsis: How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?
For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, a part of her died forever. Or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?
Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him.
Broken Juliet is the second book in the Starcrossed series by Leisa Rayven. You can read my review for the first book, Bad Romeo, here.
It has been a while since I read the first book in the series, but once I began reading this one, it all came flooding back to me. I remember that I really did enjoy the first one, and the same goes for this one.
As with Bad Romeo we are still following the lives of Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt, who met in college where they were studying to become actors. They have a relationship that is on-and-off but no one can deny their chemistry, both off and on the stage. As they are required to act together on stage as the leads in a play, all of the old feelings return. Although Ethan swears that he is a different person, and that he is not going to hurt Cassie again, she is hesitant to trust him, even though every fibre of her body wants her to. This time around it is Cassie who is scared and not-as-willing to get into another relationship with Ethan..just in case.
As was the case with the previous book, the chapters jump back and forward between the past when the two were in college, and the present, where they are rehearsing and putting on this new play. In the past chapters we slowly learn what happened all those years previous to make Cassie so hesitant when it comes to Ethan Holt. I can tell you, that I do not blame her one bit.
Cassie’s character is broken, almost beyond repair. She loved Ethan and he hurt her, more than she cares to admit. Ethan is now healed and ready to love Cassie like she deserves. You can’t help but hope that she starts to see what the reader is seeing, although, with his track record you completely understand.
I really liked the character development in this book. Both Cassie and Ethan grew to become better people, not only for themselves, but for each other, and it was really nice to be a part of.
I think if there was any part of this book that I didn’t like, it would have to be the amount of sex scenes that were in it. I understand that there were going to be some, but it seemed that most of the book was taken up by it, and it probably didn’t need quite so much.
Having said that, I really did enjoy this book. I loved the flashback chapters where the reader has the chance to discover exactly what happened, without having to put the pieces together from clues in the present.
The ending of this story was a great round off. There is still a third book in the series, but it focuses on two different characters, so Cassie and Ethan’s story probably won’t play too much of a part in it. I was happy with the ending and there are no unanswered questions, which really bug me.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and would recommend you all to give it a go if you haven’t already!
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Thanks guys for reading my review of Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. I will see you all in my next post. Until then, happy reading!!